Tagged with politics
Pooling Anglo-French defence: a sign of progress, or of decline?
Pooling Anglo-French defence: a sign of progress, or of decline?Read the article
Can the Fifth Republic survive M Sarkozy?
The dangerous path on which France's once admirable institutions have been taken over the past few years has just reached a new low with even the existence of Cabinet solidarity apparently forgotten by the current administration.Read the article
Whither France’s institutions? The tragic and unlamented end of a thirty-year golden age
From 1962 to 1992, the system put in place by de Gaulle was highly successful. This has now given way to a period of instability, governmental weakness and disillusionmentRead the article
Will Mr Obama bring the United States any closer to abolishing the death penalty?
Standards of decency, which have already shifted sufficiently to provoke debate on the constitutionality of lethal injection and put an end to the execution of minors, are now evolving towards complete abolition.Read the article
I guess a moratorium, if we get one, is better than nothing
There is growing realisation that, in execution by lethal injection, a condemned prisoner’s suffering is real in many cases, but concealed by the protocol used. The Supreme Court, unfortunately, has yet to acknowledge this.Read the article
Don't let the French president get elected by chance
A quick look at the result of the French 2002 presidential election: the two-ballot winner-takes-all system could potentially again result in one of the two mainstream candidates not making it to the second ballot. Yet nobody seems to care.Read the article